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Let’s get right into it then .
Kedarnath Dham will open on May 9 at 5:35 am this year.
Where is Kedarnath Temple?
Kedarnath temple is situated in a small town named Kedarnath which comes under Rudraprayag district in Uttrakhand. Kedarnath temple is in the remotest location of the four Char Dham sites. It is situated at a height of 3583 m or 11,755 ft above the sea level near Chorabari glacier and near the source of river Mandakini and surrounded by the ice-capped Himalayas.
How to reach Kedarnath Temple?
The distance between Delhi and Kedarnath is approximately 440 km by road and 290 km by air. There are scheduled flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport Dehradoon and from there you can hire a taxi or take Uttrakhand State transport buses till Gaurikund, Sonprayag or Guptkashi wherever you choose to stay.
A lot of tourist agencies offer Deluxe bus services directly till Sonprayag and then by Jeeps to Gaurikund as it the last town connected by road. From Gaurikund it is a 14km trek to Kedarnath.
More about the trek below.
How much time to reach Kedarnath Temple?
For people taking a flight from Delhi it takes roughly 50 minutes to 1 hour to reach Dehradun and from there it will take 7-8 hours of bus or taxi ride, traversing the roads cut through mountains. So, a total of 10 hours minimum to reach Gaurikund.
For people taking the long route i.e by road or
If you are travelling by your own vehicle then you should check out this post “10 things to know if you are Driving to Uttrakhand“
After reaching Gaurikund, the 14 km trek can be completed with the help of ponies or palanquins or you can trek for which you need to obtain a medical certificate, more about it below. According to the tourist guides, the trek can be completed within 7 hours by a healthy person in normal weather conditions.
After reaching Dehradoon you can also visit Badrinath Temple. Here is our guide on Badrinath Yatra.
Important points to Note
For Kedarnath Yatra, you need to obtain a medical certificate.
You can carry your own updated medical certificate or you can get one at the medical centres at Sonprayag and Guptkashi. Your blood pressure will be checked and you will be inquired for any medical history. You will also be provided general medications for small problems but if there are major ailments then you will not be allowed to go to Kedarnath by trek instead you have to take the helicopter.
Planning your stay before reaching is very Important.
You can choose to book your hotel at Sonprayag, Guptkashi, Gaurikund or Kedarnath. Online booking is available but due to
Registration for the Yatra.
You need to obtain a trip card by registering yourselves in the Yatra portal. Now if you are planning to take a tour package the company will be doing this for you if not then read ahead.
This can be done physically by going to a counter at Railway stations, Bus stops and in some market stalls in Haridwar or you can simply go to http://www.onlinechardhamyatra.com/frmUserRegistration.aspx and book for yourselves online for 2019 char Dham yatra or Do Dham yatra or Ek Dham Yatra.
Gaurikund to Kedarnath by trek.
Before you start your trek your medical certificate will be checked at Sonprayag or Gaurikund. Following is a satellite picture
As you can see in the satellite images from Google Maps the first seven kilometres till Rambara the trek is simple and then it gets steeper as you move closer to Kedarnath. You will be going up and down the hills during the trek.
After the Kedarnath disaster in 2013, the trek route has been redeveloped by NIM(Nehru Institute of Mountaineering). Iron railings have been put on the trekking route and resting camps are available at every 400-500 meters. If you will have any difficulty or face any emergency the SDRF( State Disaster Response Force) will help you reach safely or get medical aid besides that medical facilities are available at every halting station.
So, If you are fit and want to enjoy some trekking then go by trek and enjoy the panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas around you.
As for 2019, the government is planning to allow 5000 visits per day at Kedarnath Dham.
Best Time to visit Kedarnath Temple
As Kedarnath is surrounded by snow-capped mountains
It is recommended to visit Kedarnath during the month of May when the average temperature is about 17-degrees Celcius which creates pleasant weather to enjoy sightseeing and going to small treks scatted alongside Kedarnath Temple or after the monsoon season is over.
It is advisable to avoid monsoon season as it rains heavily and due to landslides, the road connectivity is broken. People every year get trapped in various places along the route during monsoon season in Uttrakhand.
That’s all for now. Share your views or queries with us in the comments section below and we would be happy to help you.
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Badrinath – ultimate travel guide 2019
Author’s note: All the above information is taken from various sources on the internet. The aim of this article is to provide the visitors with the updated and correct information.